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Ippo Makunouchi is a loser. He has no friends, he spends his free time helping his mom with work, and he's constantly being beaten up by bullies. But that all changes when one day he's saved from another beating by Takamura, an up-and-coming boxer. Soon, Ippo turns his life around with a passion for the newly discovered sport, but his new lifestyle is far from easy! Before he can even dream of becoming champion, he'll have to overcome a slew of fierce rivals and learn what 'dedication' really means.
Besides being members of the all-to-rare "sports anime" genre, both Giant Killing and Hajime no Ippo are underdog stories. Hajime no Ippo focuses on the rise of a diminutive high school kid to the heights of Japanese boxing, while Giant Killing depicts a failing soccer club's efforts to turn their fortunes around.
Having some affinity for sports probably helps, but if you like seeing the little guy fight his way to victory, then either of these anime merit your consideration.
Meet Ryoma Echizen, the cocky prince of tennis. He comes to Japan from America where he is known as the Prince of Tennis – but that is no surprise considering he is the son of the former tennis pro, Nanjiroh Echizen, otherwise known as the Samurai! Upon transferring to the school Seishun Gakuen, he meets the regulars of the tennis club, and becomes the first freshman to become a regular; but he has a lot to learn yet about being a tennis star. Ryoma, along with the rest of his teammates, aspire to win the Nationals; but first, they must defeat the other teams which stand in their way!
It never ceases to amaze me how these sports anime rack up as much suspense as a good action. Both Prince of Tennis and Giant Killing had me at the edge of my seat during a match/game. Both made me laugh, but both also spend time on the growth of various characters.
If you enjoyed The Prince of Tennis and are ready for another well-developed, exciting sports anime, I highly recommend Giant Killing. You'll have to switch gears from middle school tennis to professional soccer, but the switch is entirely painless, I assure you.
Similarly, if you enjoyed Giant Killing and want to tackle an even larger collection of matches and watch another set of athletes improve their skills, Prince of Tennis just might before you. Prince of Tennis is a little less realistic at times, and has a notable amount of comedy. But on the court, these young atheletes are just as serious as the ETU's soccer team. Give it a try - I think you'll like it.
Sena was always a weak child, constantly having to run away from bullies; so much, that he became good at it. Now, as a teenager, Sena’s skill at running has become so impressive that the diabolical mastermind of the school football team notices his talent and recruits him. Yet to keep his privacy intact and his dangerous hobby a secret from his overprotective childhood friend Mamori, Sena is forced to develop a secret identity: the ace running back, Eyeshield 21! But the world is full of talented rivals, and Sena has a long way to go until he can reach the top...
both have very smart and cunning lead characters who are both fun to watch especially when they trick the enemy to win the match even if they're underdogs. I think that this kind of characters (takeshi from giant killing, tokuchi from one outs, and hiruma from eyeshield to name a few) makes sports genre anime very interesting and fun to watch.
Kyousuke Kano aspires to become a professional soccer player but decides to quit after endless comparisons to his brother, who is a famous midfielder in AC Milan. However, things change when Kyousuke meets a girl who forces him to coach his school's women's soccer team; and soon thereafter, he rediscovers his love for the sport and decides to pick up the cleats once more. With Kyousuke's passion for the game, he aims to lead his team to the national tournament and win the hearts of many.
Believing himself to be useless at soccer, Kakeru Aizawa instead becomes the manager of his school's soccer team, while his brother Suguru is its ace, and is even good enough to represent Japan in the championships. However, Kakeru may have a yet unknown strong talent within himself that only his brother Suguru can see, and they often get into arguments over Kakeru's denial of his skills. Things are made more complicated with the return of Nana, an old friend of theirs that Kakeru has a crush on.